Are you ready for some football? The Eagles better be as the competition gets geared up for the 2011 season in one of the craziest weeks for player movement in the history of the NFL.
Former Philly QB Donovan McNabb found a new home in Minnesota and Arizona finally pulled the trigger for Kevin Kolb in a trade that brings a much needed cornerback to the defense. The Cardinals will now get a chance to find out if Kolb really is the 'real deal' as their new starter, while our birds will find out if Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie can return to the form that helped lead his old team to the Super Bowl in 2008. As a bonus, the Eagles will also get a second round pick in next year's draft.
The Eagles jumped at a chance to bring back DE Jason Babin, who was with the team up until 2009 before signing with Tennessee as a free agent. Babin had a breakout season with the Titans in 2010 with 12.5 sacks, earning a trip to the Pro Bowl. He was more than happy to be reunited with Philly's new defensive line coach Jim Washburn, with whom Babin credits for his success last year.
They also reportedly have agreed to terms with QB Vince Young, who was recently released by Tennessee. Young will act as an insurance policy for Michael Vick given the fact that Vick has only made it through all 16 regular season games once in his eight-year career.
The only cloud in the sky of an otherwise sunny few days in Philadelphia is WR DeSean Jackson's noticeable absence from the practice fields at Lehigh for the opening of training camp yesterday. Jackson is in the final year of a four-year contract that will pay him an estimated $565,000 this season, which is far below his actual value. The Eagles are no stranger to issues with wide receivers, but this time Jackson may have a point.
The good news is that he is looking for a longterm deal that will keep an Eagle for years to come. The bad news is that Philly's front office has a way of screwing up situations like this and the last thing anyone needs is an extended holdout that runs into the regular season. Maybe in the spirit of the new CBA (collective bargaining agreement) the Eagles' brass will do the right thing and pay the man.